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Religious Programs

The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel helps to support many activities from different faith traditions. Below are a few of those celebrations.

Holi Festival

Diwali celebrations spiritually represent how light overcomes darkness, good overcomes evil, knowledge overcomes ignorance, and hope overcomes despair. Traditionally, celebrations includes millions of lights shining on houses, outside doors and windows, and in the communities all across the globe. 

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Rankin Chapel, Worship, Howard University, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Lent, EasterLent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter with a 40-day observation of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance.

 Holy Week is the week preceding Easter. It is the last week of the season of Lent. In Holy Week, we follow the last days of Jesus’ life, from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his crucifixion on Good Friday to the days before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 

 

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Howard University, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Dashain, Nepal, Nepalese, Dashain 2017, interfaithDuring the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people celebrate their biggest festival of the year. It is celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country for fifteen days, remembering the Nepal goddess Durga in all her manifestations.

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One of the Five Pillars of Islam and observed worldwide, Ramadan is a period of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.  This annual observance is celebrated on campus with evening iftars( a meal to break the fast)